Climate Hope and Compensation

Climate change is recognized as one of the most serious environmental threats of our time. Stopping the use of fossil fuels (coal, oil, natural gas and peat) is one of the key objectives for reducing the climate change.

Transport produces more than 20% of carbon dioxide emissions, in Finland a bit less and globally the share is rising. An important change is that traffic will be reduced and that the energy production of both passenger and cargo transport will be shifted to electricity and other alternative energy sources.

Finnish economy is very energy intensive and the use of electricity has increased year after year. Energy is needed for electricity generation and heating and is indirectly tied to all products. Almost half of all energy is consumed by industry.

Reducing energy use and introducing alternative energy sources (wind, solar, geothermal, heat pumps) should be the main climate actions.

Climate impact of food can be reduced by eating a vegetable-based diet, reducing food waste and using raw materials produced as close as possible.

Without Hope we are hopeless and cannot start the struggle to change.  With Hope without action we remain hopeful and it doesn´t really help. Action is needed as the future depends on what we do in the present.

The sorting and recycling of rubbish is also important. The less waste, the less greenhouse gases are released into the atmosphere and the less energy is used to transport waste. In Finland, the impact of waste on climate emissions is about three per cent.

The average Finn now has annual emissions of about 10,000 kg of carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2e) a year. The Finnish government has made a promise that Finland will be a carbon neutral state by 2035. According to The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra research, the emissions of Finns should only be 3000 kg / person in 2030 and by 2035 the figure should drop to 2000 kg CO2e per year.

A growing proportion of compensation projects are based on reforestation, so it is important for the effectiveness of the projects to ensure the longevity of the trees and the sustainable use of the timber. If the forest is planted for felling, it does not serve its purpose and, according to present knowledge, old forest binds carbon best. Love Forest Finland offers the opportunity to plant trees, protect forests and restore marshland.

From the environmental point of view, the best thing to do is to reduce emissions and, as a second step, to compensate. Love Forest offers the opportunity to participate in climate action and protect nature.